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The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Department of Student Services will host a virtual parent and caregiver workshop on Dec. 15. All virtual presentations will include an interpreter for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers. The upcoming workshop will focus on healthy relationships among teens. Student Services staff members — school counselors, school psychologists and pupil personnel workers — will continue to share information during the school year that mirrors social emotional learning (SEL) instruction students receive in their classes. Workshops will continue to help parents and caregivers gain knowledge of SEL information, strategies and coping skills students are taught. Topics for Read more…

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Increasingly — and, some might argue, exclusively — people are communicating electronically. Text, email, social media — when it comes to writing to each other, people are talking with their thumbs. Emily Leedy, a fifth-grade teacher at Malcolm Elementary School, is attempting to change things up a bit by introducing a cross-curricular letter writing opportunity to fifth graders. She will be helped in the endeavor with a $300 mini grant from the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association (MRSPA). The grants help bring projects to classrooms and schools that might not be possible without the boost of the award. The association’s Read more…

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All Charles County public schools, buildings and administrative offices are closed Thursday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 31, for winter break. The closure includes the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Schools, offices and buildings reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, as noted in the Parent Handbook/Calendar. During winter break, some CCPS high schools may have athletic events such as games or practices planned during the day. These events will occur as planned. A list of planned athletic competitions for December is posted online at www.smacathletics.org. Additionally, the indoor pools at Henry E. Lackey and North Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is distributing individual reports this week for students who took i-Ready program assessments earlier this fall. Reports will be sent home with students this week starting on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Students who took i-Ready assessments include the following. Students in Grades 1-8 participated in both a reading and math assessment. High school students enrolled in Algebra I this year completed the math assessment. High school students taking English I-A this year completed the reading assessment. No other students will receive i-Ready data reports this week. CCPS implemented i-Ready, a new diagnostic assessment program, this school Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting an online student and parent/guardian information session for the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Program on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, from 6 to 7 p.m. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. A student can receive the Seal if he or she can demonstrate full proficiency in language learning as measured by rigorous proficiency assessments across a range of language skills. Students who are interested in the Maryland Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its 2021 Middle School Archery Tournament on Nov. 19 at Milton M. Somers Middle School. Archers from the county’s public middle schools participated, divided by grade level into boy and girl teams. The top boy and girl archer by grade were recognized, as well as teams overall. Top archers: Rylie Rich, sixth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School, 139 points. Chandler Robinson, sixth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School, 144 points. Aubriana Harrington, seventh grade, Henson, 133 points. Colton Scott, seventh grade, Henson, 104 points. Devin Embrey, eighth grade, Henson, 104 points. Mason Truesdell, eighth grade, Piccowaxen, Read more…

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Members of La Plata High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) recently collected food for, put together and delivered Thanksgiving food baskets. Families of La Plata students were selected by the school’s pupil personnel worker (PPW) to receive the food baskets that were brimming with donations collected by NHS members from club members, teachers and staff, and Key Club members. The program has been overseen by the group for more than two decades, Nicole Deavers, who co-sponsors NHS with Victoria Lee, said. Members of La Plata’s NHS worked with those in the Key Club to host a Trunk-or-Treat event at the Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has partnered with the Charles County Department of Health to host free COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5 and older at area schools. Registration for the below clinics is available at https://charlescountycovid.org/vaccine-registration/. The clinics will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and take place in either the listed school’s gymnasium or cafeteria. CCPS does not require any student or staff member to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Families can register children ages 5 and older for the following clinics. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, 9275 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662 Read more…

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The Charles County Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) program application opens 8 a.m. on Nov. 22 and ends at 3 p.m. on Dec. 21 for Grades eight and 10. Some CTE programs require students to apply for admission due to limited enrollment, while others are available at all seven Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high schools that students sign up for through their school counselor during course selection. CCPS has a virtual showcase on its website for CTE programs. The showcase features program-specific videos on each CCPS CTE program and is posted at https://www.ccboe.com/cte/index.php/cte-showcase. Maurice J. McDonough High School Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Nov. 9 meeting approved the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) middle school redistricting plan, which takes effect next school year. In a vote of 4 to 2, the Board approved Superintendent Maria V. Navarro’s recommendation of a modified version of Proposal A which balances state-rated capacity and includes movement of students among all eight CCPS middle school zones.   The redistricting measures address the anticipated growth in student enrollment while adhering closely to each school’s state rated capacity guidelines. The approved plan moves a smaller number of current CCPS students and better balances growth in neighborhoods zoned for Benjamin Read more…

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